Teams, teams, teams – they’re all around us these days. It doesn’t matter whether you love them or loathe them, you’ll have to learn to live, not only with them, but within them. You career will depend on it. Here are a few strategies for building a highly-effective team.
Manage by adultery
It’s a term coined by Chaparrel Steel to describe its management philosophy of treating workers like adults instead of children. People are hired, not to do mindless jobs, but to put their brains to work. Management’s job is to give the team or work group a mission; see that they get the necessary resources, provide feedback and encouragement; and then turn them loose to be creative problem solvers. Fortsätt läsa
Business success often depends on forming teams to improve innovation, project completion and much more. Here are a few ideas to consider for building truly effective teams.
”A decade or so ago, the common view was that true teams rarely had more than 20 members,” says the Harvard Business Review (HBR).
Of course, today many complex tasks involve teams of 100 or more. According to HBR research, however, the tendency to collaborate decreases naturally as the size of a team increases beyond 20 members. When companies invest significant funds to collaboration capacity, under the right conditions, larger teams may cooperate effectively. Fortsätt läsa
Imagine yourself entering some corporate or business meeting. There you are – sitting in the room, while someone in the ”expert” or ”chief” role speaks to everyone in the room. There you are, not aligned with that person’s mission or vision. There you are, feeling apart from the process. There you are, wasting your energy with a little desire of being there. There you are, hearing what is going wrong and what you or your team has to change or improve. How are you feeling?
Are you feeling a great connection to the meeting? Are you feeling enthusiasm about being present at the meeting? Are you fully present at such meetings? Are you deeply tuned in and listening with your heart and your head? Are you inspired to co-create, participate, and contribute? Or, are you ready to fall asleep, or count boring minutes? Fortsätt läsa
When was your last team celebration? Have you been way too busy to bother? Sometimes we get so caught up in day-to-day work that we don’t take the time to step back and celebrate success. Some teams may even consider team celebrations as ”silly.”
It’s critical to celebrate success if you want your team to maintain their high performance. Successes are the ”motivating fuel” that keeps all of us pushing toward achieving the ”bigger and better” goals that we set.
What types of team interaction and discussions normally occur on a day-to-day basis with your team? If you’re like most businesses, it’s along the lines of the following:
– What’s going wrong with the current project.
– Recovering from changes that impact your product or service schedule negatively.
– How to satisfy a disgruntled customer. Fortsätt läsa
Maybe you find yourself in a new team environment and leading a team for the first time, or maybe you have been working with and leading teams forever. Either way, the keys in this article – whether as new information or a fresh reminder – can make a world of difference in morale, productivity and results from teams.
Help the team identify its purpose. People work more effectively when they understand the goals they are trying to achieve. As a leader it is your job to help the team see the desired outcome of their efforts and help them set specific goals and milestones along the way. Fortsätt läsa